ASIC Industry Consultation 2019

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) recently released a consultation paper outlining proposed changes to current regulations surrounding CFD and Binary Options products for retail clients.

The initial consultation period closed on 1 October 2019, allowing brokers and other relevant stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposed changes.

You can read the statement regarding CMC Markets’ submission here.

Final decisions surrounding intervention on these products will likely be announced by ASIC from late October 2019.

What are the changes?


The consultation paper released by ASIC proposed changes to the below among others:

  • Leverage ratio limits
  • Margin close-out percentages
  • Negative balance protection
  • Promotional offers
  • Increased disclosure

What does this mean for Australian CFD & Binary Options traders?

The changes proposed by ASIC are similar to regulations already implemented in other regions including the UK and Europe. 

Benefitting from our proprietary technology, we are well prepared to respond quickly and manage any regulatory changes as required.

At this stage, there is currently no impact on trading for CMC Markets clients. We will continue to communicate any changes as soon as further information is available.

As always, we will continue to deliver our award-winning education tools, platform and customer service to ensure our traders have the support and knowledge they need to trade the financial markets.

CMC Markets will continue to engage with ASIC over the coming months. CMC Markets believes in a consistent approach to regulation and raising standards in the industry. Fair outcomes for clients have always been a focus for us. 


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